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Driver cited after Lake Zurich police officer injured in crash

A driver was cited after crashing into two Lake Zurich police cars on a traffic stop, injuring a police officer early Sunday morning.

The Lake Zurich Police Department said that a Lake Zurich police officer was on a traffic stop at 12:34 a.m. on Sunday in the southbound lanes of Route 12 at Wooded Ridge Drive in Kildeer.

Authorities said that the officer was in a marked patrol car with the emergency lights activated. A second Lake Zurich police officer responded to assist and both officers were blocking the right lane of traffic.

Lake Zurich police said that a 2009 Ford Flex, driven by Hector G. Marin, 54, of the 600 block of Minerva Avenue in Wauconda, was driving southbound on Route 12 approaching Wooded Ridge Drive.

As Marin continued southbound, he struck the rear of the backup officer’s squad car forcing it into the other Lake Zurich police car with an officer in the driver’s seat.

The police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. The officer was released the same day, officials said. Marin was treated and released at the scene.

Authorities said that Marin was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. The crash is under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.


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